A new report launched on World Sea Turtle Day today (16 June) has revealed that the UK’s appetite for prawns could be responsible for the death of thousands of threatened marine turtles each year.
We’re calling on the government to take action to tackle the issue.
It’s estimated that up to 29,000 marine turtles are killed annually in tropical prawn trawls that export to the European Union, with the UK the EU’s largest individual market.
Yet a simple and effective solution is widely available. The accidental capture of turtles is drastically reduced by the use of Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs), which are simple escape panels added into the body of the fishing nets that allow turtles to swim free.
TEDs are already widely used in the US. We’re calling on the UK government to require the implementation of Turtle Excluder Devices in tropical prawn trawling on all prawn imported into the UK.
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